Deadlines Ahead As Congress Reconvenes

2019-09-18T17:28:16+00:00 September 13, 2019|
(Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff 

Congress returned from recess last week to find themselves in crunch time, with several key deadlines before September 30, the end of the fiscal year — and only 13 working days this month. To avoid a government shutdown at the start of fiscal year (FY) 2020, Congress must pass, and the president must sign, all 12 spending bills (or give themselves some extra time with a continuing resolution, a short-term stopgap measure). While the House approved 10 of their measures prior to the recess (including Commerce-Justice-Science), the Senate Appropriations Committee is just starting their process. This is their latest start in 32 years, and their plan is to mark up four bills each week. Last week, the committee approved their Defense and Energy-Water bills, along with their subcommittee allocations.

Also, the chambers must hash out significant differences in the House and Senate versions of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before the end of the fiscal year. The NDAA, which has been passed 58 years in a row, authorizes activities for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the national security activities of the Department of Energy.

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